Sam's courage inspires Maroons

PRIZED POSSESSION: Brisbane Broncos and Queensland fanatic Samantha McCurley, 14, with Darren Lockyer’s jersey from the first State of Origin match in Sydney.
PRIZED POSSESSION: Brisbane Broncos and Queensland fanatic Samantha McCurley, 14, with Darren Lockyer’s jersey from the first State of Origin match in Sydney. Allan Reinikka AR--

THE Queensland players call her their “secret weapon” and Rockhampton teenager Samantha McCurley is desperately hoping she can be there to help the side to victory in Origin II.

Fourteen-year-old Samantha, along with parents Karen and Peter, are hoping that her battle with cancer will not stop them from possibly making history on Wednesday.

After undergoing surgery 10 weeks ago on the cancerous brain tumours with which she was diagnosed seven years ago, Samantha will undergo further surgery in the next few weeks.

The State of Origin inspires Sam and a Queensland victory will cheer her up.

It was Samantha’s letter, read to the squad on the night before game one by manager Steve Walters, which the players say helped inspire them to victory.

Samantha’s father said the Queensland and Broncos sides had helped her through some tough times.

“They’re proud of her and what she’s gone through,” Mr McCurley said.

Samantha’s favourite is captain Darren Lockyer.

Lockyer often visits Samantha in hospital.

The Queensland captain showed his appreciation for Samantha’s support by giving her his rain and sweat-soaked jersey from Origin I.

Queensland can win a historic fifth series in a row against New South Wales in Brisbane on Wednesday.


To my Queensland boys


This is what being a Queenslander means to me


When I feel down I think of the football, the pride and the passion you have in the jersey which makes me lift and feel that I can do anything just like you.

The cancer I have will not beat me because “I won’t let it” the same as I know you will not let the Blues beat you.

When you are down and think you can do no more just think about the courage the children like myself show and I know you can and will find another gear. If your mate’s down, pick him up and keep going because that’s what we do, we are Queenslanders, we never give up.

If you see blue, tackle it, if it gets up hit it again and they will see and feel what it is like to be a Queenslander. I know you can win, all of Queensland knows you can win, you know you can win so go out there and show them what it is like to be Queenslander and jam it right up them.

Go hard boys you can do it.


Samantha McCurley

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